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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Jinzo - Returner

Level 3
ATK/600 DEF/1400
This card can attack your opponent directly. When this card is sent to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon 1 "Jinzo" from your Graveyard. Destroy it during your End Phase.

Card Ratings
Traditional: 2.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.
3 is average.
5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 05.13.08


Dark Paladin



Today we look at Jinzo-Returner, an interesting card that really doesn't strike me as all that good, but let's take a look at that.  We have a Level 3 monster, who is Dark and a Machine, which makes sense, and has 600 atk and 1400 def...and can attack your opponent directly.


That, in itself, doesn't warrant playing this card...except maybe in something like Weenie Rush or Clown Control.  However, when this card is sent to the Graveyard, regardless of the manner, or whether from Hand, Field, or Deck, you can Special Summon a Jinzo.


Now, we might have a worthwhile card after all.  Wait...however, Jinzo can only be Special Summoned from your Graveyard, and is destroyed during the End Phase.  Jinzo can be used x3 right now, so in a Jinzo Lockdown/Control, this could be useful. 




Traditional:  2/5


Advanced:    3/5  Jinzo should be used more than he is, and this card

does have some potential.


Art:  3.5/5


Jinzo - Returner

I haven't seen a direct attacker in a while.  Though if you're playing this, you're obviously not doing it for the direct attacking effect.  Jinzo's been seeing play off and on lately; the only other time I can think of a Jinzo hitting the field and not surviving past the end phase due to an effect is when you Return it with a bunch of other monsters -- with that trick pretty much neutered with Return at 1 per deck and Dimension Fusion banned, there need to be other ways to force him to the field.

The good news is that no matter HOW the Returner hits the Graveyard (assuming it doesn't miss the timing), you can get back a Jinzo.  The bad news is that it's still gone at the end of the turn, so you'd best make very good use of the one turn you have it on the field.

I don't see any huge combos with this right off.  Maybe I'm missing something here?


General Zorpa Jinzo Returner
Well, I am not thrilled about the new Jinzo monsters. This is the better of the two, as it will Special Summon a Jinzo from the grave when sent to the graveyard. Just like Sangan, any time it leaves the field you can claim it's effect, but from the wording as well (don't quote me on this) you get it whenever it is sent to the graveyard. As in a discard or sent from the deck to the graveyard. An aggro Phoenix Wing Wind Blast discarding this guy and claiming you a Jinzo is just insane.
I guess if you are running Jinzo heavy in the new format, this guy is for you. The combos are great, and he can even attack an opponent directly to boot. His stats however, would make the original Jinzo blush with shame. 1400 DEF and 600 ATK are not the makings of an aggro beast. If someone can make him work, please do. I just don't really see the use.
David "BobDole" Hoffman

Jinzo - Returner


Well I decided to crawl out of my little hole in the ground to review a card I absolutely adore.


Jinzo - Returner is a card that simple makes Jinzo decks. It’s a Dark (yay) 600/1400 Machine that if played right, will never have to hit the field. You see, Jinzo Returner’s effect is great just because it never has to hit the field. As I understand, you can Foolish Burial this guy to bring Jinzo back. As long as I’m understand that correctly, that’s awesome.


Granted not nearly as many traps are played today, since they’re considered slow compared to Spell Draw cards (IE: Destiny Draw, Allure of Darkness, Trade In). However, prevent your opponent from Dark Bribing pretty anything you have is just lovely. It also puts a hurtin’ on decks running multiple copies of Reckless Greed.


All in all, Jinzo - Returner is just the bee’s knees when it comes to Jinzo decks. Utilize it with Monster Gate/Reasoning and Foolish Burial for a simply lovely Jinzo swarm. I hope to see Jinzo decks taking SJC's and Regionals all over. Would really be nice to face something other than DaD.


Traditional: 2/5 (Since Jinzo decks probably aren’t the most viable here)

Advanced: 5/5 (In a Jinzo deck)


- Bob Dole


Tuesday - Jinzo - Returner


     We're continuing to review cards from Light of Destruction this week, and today we're reviewing Jinzo - Returner, a card that received a decent amount of hype before it was released at the Sneak Previews. Now that it is widely released, I would like to point out that people have calmed down about this card. Let's go through the review to exploit this card's potential points and weaknesses.


Effect Explanation

     Jinzo - Returner's first effect isn't too great; we've seen many cards with the same effect in the past. However, the second effect is getting there. When Jinzo - Returner is sent to the Graveyard, its owner may Special Summon 1 Jinzo from his/her Graveyard. I'd like to point out some rulings for this card. If the Jinzo that was Special Summoned by Jinzo - Returner's effect is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, it is not sent to the Graveyard, and even if it is flipped face-up afterwards, it still is not sent to the Graveyard.

     Also, if Jinzo - Returner and Jinzo are sent to the Graveyard at the same time (via cards like Future Fusion), then Jinzo - Returner's effect can be activated at that time. If multiple Jinzo - Returners and Jinzos are sent to the graveyard at the same time, their effects start a chain. Jinzo being sent to the Graveyard because of Jinzo - Returner's second effect does not start a chain.


Stat Analysis

     This card's ATK and DEF points aren't too great, and players most likely won't even consider wasting a card to power it up. The fact that it's a DARK-attribute monster opens up opportunities for DAD decks, because it helps them as they're already most likely running a Jinzo. Jinzo - Returner is a Machine-type, so running this card in a Chimeratech deck isn't horrible with Overload Fusion and using the aforementioned card ruling that involved sending Jinzo and Jinzo - Returner to the Graveyard at the same time. This card is also a level 3 monster, but, in the current format, this particular stat won't stand out or be useful in any way.


When Jinzo - Returner is Brilliant

     I think that it's pretty obvious when Jinzo - Returner can be brilliant. As it's name suggests, Jinzo - Returner would only be played alongside a couple copies of Jinzo. When used in decks that include Jinzo, Jinzo - Returner is pretty brilliant. I think that's all that needs to be said.


When Jinzo - Returner is the opposite of Brilliant

     Another obvious one here; Jinzo - Returner is only brilliant when played with a Jinzo or two, and, anywhere else, he's not.


Traditional: 2/5

Advanced: 2/5


Art: 1/5

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